Winnipeg Folk Fest :: Blue Rubies at Galaxie Young Performers

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by Martyna Turczynowicz

Blue Rubies are a folk/roots act that debuted at the Galaxie Young Performers Program last year. The trio is made up of Mady Reimer on ukulele, vocals and tambourine, Cory Sulyma on harmonica, guitar, drums and vocals and Ben Mak-Wiebe on upright bass. Stylus chatted with them before their second round in the program as Blue Rubies. Continue reading “Winnipeg Folk Fest :: Blue Rubies at Galaxie Young Performers”

Winnipeg Folk Fest :: Young Folk at Galaxie Young Performers

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by Martyna Turczynowicz

Young Folk have been around since 2012. Last year they released “You Words” on Beach Station Blues and this year they’re performing for the second time in the Galaxie Young Performers Program at the Winnipeg Folk Fest. Stylus caught up with the band’s guitarist Darren Hebner and John Baron on bass and vocals. Continue reading “Winnipeg Folk Fest :: Young Folk at Galaxie Young Performers”

Boy and Bear :: Living the Dream

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by broose tulloch

When they were booked for this year’s Winnipeg Folk Fest, dreamy folk-pop outfit Boy and Bear were already well-known in their homeland of Australia, but still relatively unknown to the rest of the world. By the time they arrived in Winnipeg April 1st for a sold-out show at the Park Theatre, they had a pair of singles in regular rotation on the radio and sold-out shows were a nightly occurrence. Stylus caught up with lead singer and principle songwriter, Dave Hosking somewhere between Winnipeg and Saskatoon and chatted about the weather, songwriting, and crafting a band out of a solo gig. Continue reading “Boy and Bear :: Living the Dream”

Elephant Revival: Where words fail…music speaks.

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 by Brittany Hobson

“Where words fail…music speaks.” Visit Elephant Revival’s official website and you are greeted with these words. These sentiments certainly ring for the group consisting of Sage Cook (banjo, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, bass, fiddle), Bridget Law (fiddle, octave fiddle), Bonnie Paine (washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox), Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, bass), and Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo). Hailing from Nederland, Colorado these gypsy-like souls tell tales sure to be a favourite among the “granola culture.” Their latest album These Changing Skies is sure to have something for everyone including the Celtic inspired instrumental piece “The Pasture,” a gradual, cinematic explosion of folk goodness that encompasses “Down to Sea,” and the whirlwind of djembe infused rhythms that take over “Rogue River,” a song akin to the sounds of drumming circles found in the wee hours of the morning on Pope’s Hill. Gearing up for their time at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Stylus chatted with Daniel to discuss summer plans, their latest album, and the juggernaut that is the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Continue reading “Elephant Revival: Where words fail…music speaks.”

A voice is calling from… The Deep Dark Woods

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by Sheldon Birnie

Deep in the heart of the Canadian prairies, thousands of miles from the Mississippi River Delta or the Appalachian mountains, Ryan Boldt  answers phone call from Stylus on a windy spring day. On a short break between tours, the principal singer and songwriter behind the Deep Dark Woods is enjoying the Stanley Cup Playoffs before heading deep into the States for another string of gigs. Continue reading “A voice is calling from… The Deep Dark Woods”